Husband and wife duo on the pitch
DANIEL (Charlie) and Alison Amos became the first husband and wife to play in a first grade match in Grafton on Saturday.
Ali joined her hubby in Westlawn's lineup for the CRCA Premier League clash at late notice but thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity.
"It was nice and hot," she said. "I was only filling in because they were desperate but I don't think anyone's ever done it before.
"No catches came my way but I had to chase the ball a fair bit - it followed me around."
No catches came my way but I had to chase the ball a fair bit - it followed me around.
While the scoreboard didn't flatter - Harwood 9 for 244 to Westlawn 7 for 47 at stumps - it reconfirmed the couple's plan to play on a more permanent basis next season in third grade.
"I used to play cricket more than 10 years ago, before I had three kids," Ali said.
"We like to watch. But Charlie and I would like to have a go playing together before we get too old.
"He'd like to get down the grades and help some of the younger ones coming through, and it's a nice way for us to hang out together."
Captain Pat Vidler was not worried about his female counterpart's capabilities to hold her own in the match.
"It was a last minute thing, but when the opportunity came up Ali stuck her hand up," Vidler said. She was excited about it and so was Charlie, they were keen for the opportunity.
"She's a really good indoor cricketer and played a fair bit of second grade a few year ago, so we knew she wouldn't let us down in the field."